Looking for acting jobs? Submitted your resume to different casting call postings but, you’re still waiting for them to call you? Been rejected countless times and you don’t know the reason? Well, something wrong is really going on.
Check On Your Resume
The first thing you need to do about this is to check on your resume and ask yourself if it provides enough information for an acting job. Are all information you placed there necessary or not? Are you missing something out? Bear in mind that your resume reflects what you are and what you want to be. There is no perfect resume, but having a good one will help you in getting the job you want especially if you are aiming to work in the entertainment industry.
Work on Your Resume’s Skills Section
Thousands of resume are submitted for certain roles but not all of them are accepted. Casting directors and their staff are usually the ones who go over your resume and the most important information they immediately check out is your skills information. The skills section of your resume will serve as your gateway to stardom so it should display the right information and be made as simple as possible. Provide the correct and appropriate skills related to the role you are auditioning for. If they find your information complicated and unbelievable, expect it to land in the trash bin and you don’t want to happen.
You should also be aware that there are certain things you should never include in your resume. So, to give you a head start on creating the right one, here is a list of the common information that should not be on your Skills section:
- “President of……” – of what, where and how? Your position doesn’t matter for an acting job, so don’t think about putting this kind of information. Keep in mind that this is not a skill.
- “Cousin of Angelina Jolie”- Who cares?
- “Eating while sleeping”- Oh come on?Are you kidding me?
- “Can drive fast”- Not necessary! Casting directors don’t a fast driver or someone who holds a driving license, unless they are looking for one to appear in a production that involves some driving. But, if they think you fit a role but can’t drive, then professional trainers are going to be hired to train you.
- “Sing and dance”- Are you auditioning for a children’s TV show? Everyone can sing and dance. Even toddlers can do that.
- “Pet lover”- There are pet trainers for TV shows, maybe you can hire him to train your pets.
- “Rubik’s cube”- We are looking for actors not a genius.
- “ Cooks very well”- Really? Yeah its a good thing, but thanks!
The wrong information is often mistakenly provided in the skills section of a resume. Whether you are auditioning for a lead or a background role, you should take care in not committing the common mistakes in providing your skills. If you think your skills are not enough, don’t ever think of stealing someone’s skills and experience and putting it on your resume. Be honest. You will have a better chance at getting accepted to acting jobs if you work on pure talent and honesty.
Here’s another tip on creating your Acting resume: